Install Mate Desktop on Lubuntu 20.04

August 9, 2020

Lubuntu 20.04 default desktop is LXQT, which is pretty nice and slick, but I face a few presistent ptoblems running it on VirtualBox

  • Ocassional mouse click is not working on certain part of the screen (problem resolved by logout/restart the Window Manager)
  • Ocassional the Window Manager crashed and restarted, so I lost all the opened windows

I am not sure if this is a VirtualBox or LXQT issues, so I decide to experiment by installing another Desktop.

I prefer a lightweight desktop, so Mate is one of them (optionally you can try Xfce).

Follow the installation guide on Ubuntu - Vanilla Mate

Install Mate

This will install the base packages required for a minimal MATE desktop

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core

This will install the complete MATE desktop

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

This will install the complete MATE desktop including a few extras (Most Users Will Want This)

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras

To switch to Mate Desktop, just logout and login again (select Mate as the desktop session).

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